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Lola’s Cafe Needs Your Help to Finish the Mission

The fine folks behind Lola’s Cafe are back. We first mentioned their efforts to bring healthy, eclectic food and drinks to Ladera Ranch in this article: Have You Lamented the Lack of Unique, Healthy Restaurants in Ladera Ranch? If So, You Can Help Make Lola’s Cafe a Reality! We then discussed the incredible generosity of [...]

Lola’s Cafe Raises $14,255!

Congratulations to our friends at Lola’s Cafe in Ladera Ranch. Their crowd-funding campaign ended last night and they smashed their $12,000 goal by raising over $14,000 dollars! Good luck to you guys as you seek financing and begin the process of making your dream a reality! Keep us posted on developments as they occur, and [...]

Lola’s Cafe Exceeds Its Goal of Raising $12,000 With Four Days to Spare!

With four days left to go, the folks behind Lola’s Cafe have exceeded their goal of $12,000! Congratulations to everyone involved, including the residents of Ladera Ranch who invested their money in making this a reality. No doubt there is much more work required to turn the vision of a healthy, eclectic cafe into a [...]

Lola’s Effort Brings Out the Best in Ladera

Ladera Ranch really is the emodiment of community, and from time to time we see specific, tangible examples of neighbors helping neighbors. We’ve been talking about the effort to bring Lola’s Cafe to Ladera Ranch (see here and here). Today, we saw one Ladera Ranch family offer to help another Ladera Ranch family’s dream become [...]

Update on Lola’s Cafe

Last week, we shared with you the efforts of some Ladera Ranch residents to bring a unique, healthy European-style bistro to Ladera Ranch. Much needed, we said! Well, they reached out to us with a comment and some additional information. You can read the comments thread in the original article here. And below is their [...]

Have You Lamented the Lack of Unique, Healthy Restaurants in Ladera Ranch? If So, You Can Help Make Lola’s Cafe a Reality!

We would not be the first to comment on the lack of fine dining in Ladera Ranch. There’s no shortage of national fast food chains in Ladera Ranch: McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, TOGO’s, Jerry’s, Panda Express, A&W/KFC and a number of different pizza and Mexican food options. Not that there is anything wrong with those [...]